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State of the TB DB Union - 2005 edition

Discussion in 'Off Topic [DB]' started by Chris Fitzgerald, Apr 11, 2005.


  1. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Just checking in with everyone about different perceptions of how the DB board is doing at this time. As those of you who have been around for awhile know, we've now been through several changes of moderators (first to go was JT, then Don, and now more recently, Sam), added some new forums, consolidated some old ones, added a "sampler" page (thanks to Damon and Sam!), and a commercial user policy which seemed to confuse everyone for a bit. My school year at the U will over in less than a month, and in addition to working on our "potentially" beautiful 120 year old house and actually practicing regularly, I'll have a little more time to put in at the forum, should it be determined that work needs to be done or changes need to happen.

    Questions, comments, insights, inspirations, anyone? Things you like about the forum? Things you don't like? A TBDB "wish list", perhaps? Post 'em all here. :)

    I have a couple of things to add:

    First, I did not start this thread so I could get my ego stroked by well-meaning folks telling me how great everything is, so don't feel obliged to do so. I mostly just wanted to open a thread to see what folks think might make the forum better.

    Second, the one thing I could really use help on is in updating the "Newbie Links" threads in various forums with good newer threads that might help lurkers and researchers find valuable information more quickly. If you find a thread or threads that you think might be a good addition to any of the newbie threads, just shoot me a PM with a link to the thread and the Newbie thread you think it would best belong in. If you're feeling really creative, you could come up with a title that describes the subject too, since the links are in alphabetical order. I used to do a lot of this myself, but there isn't much time for stuff like that much or the year these days.

    Last, just a reminder that the little "!" symbol on the upper right of all posts is a way to bring spam, trolling, or other unpleasantness to Jon's and my attention. Don't be afraid to use it. Jon and I are now both site "supermods" (insert superhero jokes in your post...), which means we can ban first and ask questions later, which is very useful for obvious trolls and spammers...BUT, we're both too busy to read every post of every thread, so if you'll help us out by reporting stuff that shouldn't be there before it gets too out of hand, it would help out a bunch.

    You guys make this site great. If you have ideas about how to improve it, post away.
     
  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    I dunno, if it ain't broke?

    The theory thread seems to be moving along purty well, likewise the EUB thang (not that I spend a lotof time there)...I know AHBG was having a hard time getting contributions to his STRING SURVEY questionaire, maybe we could do something similar as a sticky in the STRINGS thread?
    Hopefully with more contribution...

    Jason's suggestion of online practice soundfile's was nice, likewise (I think) Ahnholdt's "wish" for some kind of online collaborative music making. Maybe some of the resident composers (ahem) could put together a big bass piece for either serial recording of parts for later assembly or explore some sort of "chat" where you could plug in a bass and mic (or just a mic) and talk and play across the distance?

    Personally, I'd like to freshen the contribution (rather than "add to") at the Sampler, there's stuff I've done lately (or plan on doing) that I'd like to replace some of my tracks there.

    There's a Gallery and there's commercial space for Supporting members, maybe there could be a page where supporting members could list CDs they perform on for sale? Or maybe Pawlie could make arrangements to sell them through the TalkBass store for a piece of the action? That way if somebody's looking for Savino's record, they wouldn't have to look any farther than here.

    Anyway, that's all I got right now.
     
  3. JTGale

    JTGale

    Oct 26, 2004
    Hummelstown, PA
    The current Karr thread has got me to thinking. Would it be useful/helpful if there were a section that listed DB teachers by area with comments from past/present/future students? Anyone who lives in the relative sticks (like me) could use something like that when searching for a teacher. We have threads that pop up every now and then that do the same for finding luthiers, but I rarely see anything specific about teachers. Just a thought ...
     
  4. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    Nothing pressing comes to mind for me at the moment - some more stickys would definitely help. I dunno what else....maybe a category that is just for Newbies (just starting out on DB)???

    Keep up the great work, though!

    Alexi
     
  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I think that a list of teachers in various areas, and a list of TB DB members who have studied or taken lessons with them would be great. I'd be a little worried about having the comments posted, though - either people would refrain from making any negative comments whatsover (which wouldn't be very helpful), or they would go ahead and make them and they would sit online until the teacher in question eventually found the thread and got burned (it's a very small world, and getting smaller), which would be very embarrassing for all. But if there was a listing of teachers by location and a note about TB members who had experience with that teacher, then the rest could be done via PM, and the "reference member" would likely feel more at ease to speak freely. Good idea...how about you start a thread to start collecting this information? I can always format it and turn it into a sticky later. :)

    Both good ideas. If you have any time to get the ball rolling on either, I can see that they get put in place. :)

    Keep 'em coming, folks!
     
  6. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    It would be nice if TBDB had a front door.

    Meaning, a home page of our own that we can could direct the regulars toward the forum, and all the potential nOObs to FAQ lists and stickies and such. Stickies are nice, but they're kinda hard to spot and get swallowed up by the rest of the threads. We could have links to other stuff like John's Talkbasses bass-porn or Damon's mp3 site too.

    I know this site is a forum, but something like that would be nice. If only...
     
  7. JTGale

    JTGale

    Oct 26, 2004
    Hummelstown, PA

    Excellent. Can do. Any suggestions as to which area would be the best to chase this in?
     
  8. What about a monthly interview/article with some imminent double bassist? Of course, you have the articles on the main page but virtually all of them are BG related (Ed's Ben Allison piece being one that broke the norm). I dropped my subscription to Bass Player because I grew tired of so little DB content and so much about guys who play in their drawers.
     
  9. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    If you missed the one with Neal Miner, check it out. He's a wonderful player and a great guy.

    I been thinking about trying to get together with Savino, Mike McGuirk, Ray, Marco, Alex Cuadrado, Joe Martin maybe a few other NYC bassists who are making all of their digit through music (unlike me) and doing a roundtable of "New York stories" - background, what have you done to get to NYC, what are doing to make ends meet, how have you approached the scene etc. Does that sound like something anybody would want to read?

    Also, if I ever run into Peter Washington you can bet I'll try to get an article/interview outa him!
     
  10. Something about this doesn't sit well with me. There are so many self-promoting geniuses out there spending more effort on selling their self-produced CDs and hustling gigs than honing their craft, which is why the CDs that they sell are less than stellar. And why they have to focus on self promotion so much is that their music isn't strong to begin with. It's like a viscious un-cycle. I would hesitate to provide them with another avenue for their capital ventures, I think that would invite the wrong kind of people in here for the wrong reasons. Commercialism is everywhere, but part of what makes this site special for me is that it's *relatively* uncommercial.

    We already have Amazon, CDbaby, and personal websites just a click away.

    I'm not opposed to discourse on this, it's just my initial reaction. I suppose if everything was contained in the TB store and didn't spill over into the forums, it wouldn't be a biggie. And if it helps with operating costs.
     
  11. The Charlap Trio's going to be in Chicago next month, and I was thinking about the same thing! I chatted with him briefly last time he swung through, and he seemed like a B-flat guy.